Vlatko will not return as head coach of Andonovski United States Women’s National Team,

Sources on condition of anonymity confirmed to Fox Sports on Wednesday that Andonovsky has resigned and the separation is amicable. A formal announcement is expected on Thursday morning. The news was first reported by football website 90min.com.

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Andonowski, who has managed the team for four years, has seen the worst of the USWNT world Cup ended in history when it was thrown out Sweden in the round of 16. It was the first time that the Americans did not reach the semifinals at the World Cup and only the second time that they did not medal at a major tournament. The result came after a disappointing third-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics, where the US had entered as favourites.

While Andonovski was expected to leave, he was well liked and respected by the players and staff. However, concerns arose over his tactics and overall strategy during the World Cup.

Now, the US Soccer Federation will begin the search for his replacement – and it will have to be done quickly with the Paris Olympics less than a year away. Meanwhile, an interim head coach is expected to be appointed for the upcoming friendly matches this autumn.

The United States entered the World Cup as heavy favorites and two-time defending champions. The Americans were striving for an unprecedented third consecutive title – a feat that no women’s or men’s team has ever achieved.

Instead, after a disappointing group stage, during which they failed to win at least two games for the first time (they recorded one win and two ties), they were knocked out of the competition in the round of 16 by Sweden, who won the match. Won in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw.

Scoring was a problem for the US during Andonovsky’s four-year tenure. The 46-year-old was hired to replace Jill Ellis in 2019 with orders to refresh the program, moving on from some of the old mainstays from the successful 2015 and 2019 teams, and instituting a more modern playing style.

That plan was slowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic and injuries to key players — with the US missing five projected starters during the World Cup, including 2023’s leading scorer. mallory swanson, But the team never quite found its offensive rhythm under Andonowski, whose reputation soared after his stint in the NWSL. official language rule Back-to-back league titles won in the mid-2010s.

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The Americans managed only four goals in four matches at the 2023 World Cup – three of them in their opening match defeats. Vietnam, They had lost their last two matches. opposite of this, USWNT Found the net 26 times in seven games en route to winning the 2019 World Cup in France.

While Andonovski quit without winning either of the two major tournaments for the USWNT, he gave first caps to several young players who would be mainstays of the team for years to come. This includes protectors Naomi Girma And Emily Fox, as well as further sophia smithAll of them are starters in every game of the 2023 World Cup, as well as wingers trinity rodmanJoe was in the coaches lineup for three of the Americans’ four games.

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Andonovski, whose contract was due to expire at the end of this year, had been on the sidelines for 65 games with the USWNT. He finished with a record of 51W–5L–9T.

Lecon Littman covers college football, college basketball and soccer for Fox Sports. He previously wrote for Sports Illustrated, USA Today and The Indianapolis Star. She is the author of “Strong Like a Woman” to be published in spring 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Follow him on Twitter @LakenLitman.

Doug McIntyre is a football writer for Fox Sports. Prior to joining Fox Sports in 2021, he was a staff writer with ESPN and Yahoo Sports and has covered the United States men’s and women’s national teams at multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @by Doug McIntyre,

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